Mountain bikers use the woods and mountains to get the most of their sport. To do this, they often focus their efforts on building trails. These trails are often found in parks and need maintenance for continued use. In return, they claim to also focus their efforts on trail degradation. They understand that to continue to enjoy biking they must protect the areas in which they bike. This protection is done so through awareness, funds and maintenance.
Hikers focus their efforts on the natural enjoyment of the woods. They go out of their way to ensure protection and try to not physically put their sport to use on the woods. What this means, is that they do not need modified trails to enjoy their sport.
Why are hikers and bikers at a difference then? Both of these recreational athletes use the environment to enjoy their sport. In the video provided, both sides get a chance to display their stance.
Both examples provided in the video show that each incumbent has a stance and reason for their stance. On the side of the mountain biker, they use the land to further enjoy their sport. This use comes from modification of the land, of which they maintain and protect. The hiker, on the other-hand, claims to also enjoy their sport but without modification or, as they claim, ‘destruction’ of the land.
What do you think?
Are bikers destroying the land? Or, are hikers finding reasons to complain?
Having the appropriate bike is essential for the best ride. Here is a look at a few types of bikes and their function.
1) Touring Bikes: A comfortable bike that can carry luggage and provide a comfortable ride is perfect for those that want to travel great distances. Also providing many gear functions, these bike types can provide the correct gear functions for heavier rides. Though, they are a bit slower.
2) Mountain Bikes: These rugged type of bikes are designed to be versatile, agile, and strong. They are built to withstand the rugged terrain with ease. The tires on this design is thick and the seating is cushioned to absorb the impacts while cycling. The cons of this bike is that the thick tires make for a harder ride when biking long distances and the bike is also heavier.
3) Road Bikes: These bikes are similar to Touring bikes, but are less comfortable. They are designed to help the rider achieve higher speeds with the light frames and high-pressure tires. Road bikes are ideally the fastest bikes made.
There are other types of bikes that should make the list, however most these are hybrid design or goofy.
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
In order to promote a healthier lifestyle, May has been decided on as National Bike Month. During this time, individuals are encouraged to bike to school on the 9th and bike to work on the 14th-18th.
The objective of this awareness is to encourage people to consider other means of transportation. In return, the participants can save money at the pump, reduce their carbon footprint and feel good about themselves.
Basically, in the wonderful world of cycling there are 3 main types: on-road, off-road and stunt. Within these categories there are multiple subcategories. For example, on-road cycling , which is the most popular, consists of recreational (cycling over long distances), utility (transportation, not for sport) and racing (sport). The tires, gears, weight and durability of these bikes are especially different from off-road and stunt. Even the tires can differ between category and subcategory. Cycling truly is a unique sport offering variations to fit anyone’s desires and wants.
For a person desiring a more rugged experience; cycling can fit that need. Off-road cycling is mainly dominated by mountain biking, but within mountain biking there are many more subcategories. Some of these include downhill, free-ride, cross-country, etc. Again, there are many equipment variations within off-road biking that ensures success for those participating. Different tires, metal alloy and sizes of bikes are just a few differences within mountain biking.
Stunt biking is a category that often gets overlooked. But, it is one category that is consistently growing. Again, stunt biking consists of different equipment geared for the specifications for the rider and type of stunts. Stunt biking is also most known for BMX biking and received notoriety in the 90′s.
The wonderful world of biking can be enjoyed by anyone. Even those looking for a relaxing sport or athletic drive can fulfill their desire. Try it out and engage in a sport that truly can offer anything.
Doesn’t this look like fun? Video courtesy of Youtube and Go-Pro.